ECPC Research Project Coordinator


The European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) is a European umbrella organisation based in Brussels gathering over 450 cancer patient associations from 49 Countries.

ECPC was set up in 2003 and believes that cancer patients are the most important partners in cancer control and advocates for all the cancer-related issues affecting our society. Policy makers, researchers, doctors, researchers and industry should recognise cancer patients as co-creators of their own health.

Every day we are working to make sure that all European cancer patients have timely and affordable access to the best treatment and care available, throughout their life.


We are recruiting a Research Project Coordinator to lead the organisation’s work in EU and third parties funded projects in cancer. The Research Project Coordinator will be responsible for the various project files of the organisation, contributing to EU and industry funded projects, and establishing good working relations with key stakeholders.

The Research Project Coordinator will report to the Director and will work closely with the rest of the Secretariat. The Research Project Coordinator will also work closely with the President and the Board of Directors, the Chair of the Scientific Committee,  who will advise on strategic project proposals and overall direction of ECPC research project involvement and eventually the Scientific Committee

Job Objective

The Research Project Coordinator will be responsible for the development of EU funded and other third party cancer research project proposals and the implementation of funded projects in line with the Board’s decisions and Scientific Committee Chair advice. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional with sound educational and professional background.

The Research Project Coordinator is  also required to implement and manage both EU and other funders’ projects, oversee all the finances related to the projects and establish good working relations with the organization’s sponsors, partners, members and other high level key stakeholders..

Main Activities

  • Leading the day-to-day administration including scheduling project meetings, writing minutes and circulating reference materials to prepare for meetings;
  • Liaising with the European Commission, project partners and leaders, and other stakeholders on progress of all initiatives and ensuring that all contract terms are met;
  • Determining the resources (time, money, equipment) required to complete the research projects;
  • Drafting research project proposals, including budget allocations for ECPC;
  • Working in close collaboration with the Financial Officer and under the supervision of the Director to draft, review and finalise any necessary project funding agreements or sub-contracts, and ensuring the timely transfer of funds to contractors;
  • Assisting the Board in drafting, designing, and implementing EU funded research projects under the direct supervision of the Chair of the Scientific Committee;
  • Supporting the Scientific Committee and its Chair in the preparation of specific project proposals and their implementation, in the presentation of the projects at events and ad hoc papers, as needed;
  • Monitoring the project progress and reporting to the Director and the Board on a regular basis also on the management of projects’ finances;
  • Working closely with the financial officer to ensure the timely preparation and submission of project financial reports and supporting documentation;
  • Compiling, reviewing, and editing project technical progress reports and annual work plans and overseeing timely submission;
  • Liaising, as necessary, with other departments at ECPC (communication, policy and advocacy) for promoting the project, to develop policies and elaborate advocacy materials.


  • A MSc in Biology, Genetics, Medicine is required, while an additional graduate or post-graduate degree in Business Administration, EU Affairs is desirable
  • Extensive and concrete knowledge of EU research funded projects (H2020, IMI, Digital technology) is required
  • Knowledge of the European oncology and cancer care system is desirable
  • Basic understanding of the functioning of the European Union is desirable
  • Good Working knowledge of EU health and oncology stakeholders ecosystem is necessary


Project management

  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and handle multiple projects is essential
  • Ability to use a shared online project management system is essential
  • Ability to plan workload and estimate timelines accurately is essential


  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team of young professionals
  • Ability to work in an international and multilingual environment
  • Willingness and availability to work long hours, whenever necessary, to undertake business travel at short notice and assist in all activities of a busy small office
  • Proactiveness, collegiality, readiness to offer a helping hand in various tasks, sociable mature personality able to relate with peers and high-level officials
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others in both team and independent environments


  • Outstanding written and verbal skills in English (English fluency is mandatory) and attention to detail and numeracy
  • Fluency in at least another EU language
  • Experience in delivering oral presentations to small and large professional audiences
  • Experience in preparing documents (press releases, editorials, etc.) for the press and online media
  • Experience in writing long documents (reports, position papers, project proposals, etc.) and in creating/using visuals with desk top publishing
  • Good use of social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) in health care for the dissemination of the projects is required


  • At least 5 years’ professional experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint is essential
  • Relevantprior professional experience of at least three years in a similar position is required 
  • Experience in non-profit organisations, particularly in a patients’ organisation, is desirable
  • Budget planning, oversight, and accounting experience is desirable
  • Database management experience is desirable

What we offer

This is a full-time position (38 hours per week), with permanent contract (probation period is 6 months), benefits include meal vouchers for 8 EUR per day, 5 additional holidays per year, GSM abonnement, Eco vouchers, Hospitalisation insurance, Group insurance, CCT90 bonus, Cadeau Pass for 40 EUR (end of year) and Sport & Culture Pass for 100 EUR, based in Brussels, offering many learning and career advancement opportunities for the right candidate. The position is suitable for young professionals aiming to build vertical expertise on many and varied aspects of cancer and health care in the policy area.

The successful candidate will collaborate with a young, motivated, professional, and friendly Secretariat and a very involved, expert, and collaborative Board.

We offer a captivating and varied function with an organisation driven by its mission and where initiative, creativity, and energy are strongly encouraged.


Interested candidates should send a CV and a cover letter (maximum two pages) in English to by January 31, 2020.

The cover letter should outline your suitability and motivation for the post. It should explicitly reference how your profile matches the different job requirements described above. Please also include with your application the names and contact details of two people (ideally a current or former line manager or supervisor) who could provide a reference in case you are short-listed for interview, as well as samples of papers/projects you have written

All applications received will treated with utmost confidentiality.

Starting date: Immediate